Nicky Butt blasts Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal "myth" at Man Utd

Nicky Butt says it is a "myth" that Manchester United's recent managers were only focused on short-term gains and big money signings.

Former United midfielder Butt is the head of first-team development at the club these days, and has overseen the smooth transitions into the senior setup enjoyed by the likes of Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood.

Common consensus has it that current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is more willing to give youth a chance that either of predecessors Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, both of whom made big money moves during their time at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal brought in the Argentinean winger Angel Di Maria for£59.7million in the summer of 2014, while Radamel Falcao was also added on a lucrative loan deal.

After he was dismissed in the summer of 2016, Mourinho oversaw a then world record move for Paul Pogba, while the veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic also joined on a money-spinning short-term contract.

United also made Alexis Sanchez then best paid player in the Premier League when they brought him in from Arsenal in January 2018.

However, Butt says the managers did still take an interest in youth.


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